Sunday, September 25, 2016

Coffee Crazy


Hi everyone,

Today I am playing along with the Fall Coffee Lovers Bloghop which is being held from Friday 23rd September to Friday 30th September. The theme is Fall!





This time round I am playing with the Stampers Anonymous Fresh Brewed Blueprints which I purchased a few months ago when my paper craft store closed down and had them on special.

For the front of my card I used the MFT Stamps Horizontal Stitched Stripes in fall colors and then used the Splatters Stencil to add splatters all over the background. I added two of the images from the Fresh Brewed Blueprints stamp set and then added one of the birds from the Mini Bird Crazy and Things stamp set.



For the inside of my card I used the Anita Frames Pop Up die set designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs. I also used the Coffee Stage It Stencil to sponge the coffee beans on either side of the card. The sentiments are from the Coffee & Tea Clear Stamp set.


I finished decorating the card using the Coffee and Crazy Birds again on either side of the card.


Stamps: Fresh Brewed Blueprint; Mini Bird Crazy & Things - Stampers Anonymous; Coffee & Tea Clear Stamps - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Paper: White; Kraft; Brown; Rust; Green; Yellow
Dies: Anita Frames Pop Up - designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs; Horizontal Stitched Stripes - MFT Stamps
Other ECD Products: Coffee Stage It Stencil;
Other: Black Ink; Ground Espresso Distress Ink; Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink; Splatter Stencil - Tim Holtz; Foam Tape; Copics




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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Let It Go



Hi everyone,

It’s challenge time with the “Crazies” over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog. Raquel Mason our challenge hostess for the month finishes off the month with one last challenge.

Raquel tells us that ..... Today is her son’s birthday!  Make a birthday card for someone you love.




For my card today I decided to get a head start on my Granddaughter's birthday card. As she will be 4 in just over a month, she loves Elsa from the movie Frozen ... I don't think there are too many girls around that age that don't right!

Anyway last year I discovered this cute digital stamp from Sassy Studio Designs called Let it Go Sassy and I have finally gotten around to playing with the image.

I created a Pull Card using the Rectangle Pull Card die set designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs. I made this one a wide card by using the full length of an A4 card and cutting the height at 15cm. 

To decorate the edges of the card I used a die from Memory Box which I covered with Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter.



I die cut the number "4"; A Way with Words Happy Birthday 2; A Way with Words Let it Snow and A Way with Words Get Well Soon from white cardstock that had Clear Double Sided Adhesive on the front and then covered the adhesive with Dark Mint Silk Microfine Glitter.

I used the "Let It" from the Let It Snow die set and the "G" and "o" from the Get Well Soon die set and combined the two to create "Go" so I could create the sentiment "Let It Go".

I added the Happy Birthday sentiment to a panel on the fold of the card added two snowflakes.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the “Crazies” cards over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog and also their individual blogs for more details.
Fran Sabad (September Guest Designer)



Stamps: Let It Go Sassy Digital Stamp - Sassy Studio Designs
Paper: White; Aqua; Candy Cane Lane Jack Frost DP - Bo Bunny
Dies: Rectangle Pull Card - designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs;  A Way with Words Happy Birthday 2; A Way with Words Let It Snow; A Way with Words Get Well Soon; Numbers & More 1; Snowflakes - Elizabeth Craft Designs; Frostyville Border - Memory Box
Other ECD Products: Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet; Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter; Dark Mint Silk Microfine Glitter; Gold/Silver Glitter Dot Peel Off Stickers
Other: Black Ink; Crystal Stickles; Foam Tape; Copics




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Friday, September 23, 2016

Dad


Hi everyone,

It's my turn to post a tutorial on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today. I don't know about you, but I am always looking for new ideas to use to create male themed cards. So this time round I am playing with the new Postage Stamp Squares and the Sports Charms to create a card for DAD! This card could be used for either Father's Day or a Birthday. 

Change the colors used on the card and this design can easily be converted to be suitable for 'Mum' or 'Mom' for Mother's Day; 'Boy' for a Baby Boy card; 'Joy' for a Christmas Card etc.

Here's how I created my card:


1. Cut a piece of Dusky Sky Soft Finish Cardstock that measures 5 1/2 inches x 11 inches. Score along the 11 inch side at 5 1/2 inches and fold to create a top folding card.
  • Using the largest square from the Fitted Squares die set, die cut a square from Bonnie Blue Soft Finish Cardstock.
  • Using the second largest square from the Stitched Squares die set, die cut a square from Rich Black Soft Finish Cardstock.

  • Layer the two square panels together and then adhere these to the folded blue card.

  • 2. Using the second smallest square from the Postage Stamp Squares die set, die cut 5 squares from Dusky Sky Soft Finish Cardstock and 4 squares from Bonnie Blue Soft Finish Cardstock.

    • Place foam tape to the back of the light blue squares and double sided adhesive tape to the back of the dark blue squares. (the photo above shows how the squares will alternate in height from base of card depending on which squares have foam tape on the back and which squares don't)


    • Adhere the small squares to the card starting with the light blue squares in the corner making sure to adhere to card so the squares are evenly spaced.

    3. Using the Sports Charms die set die cut the following:
    • (6) Circle Charms from White Soft Finish Cardstock
    • (6) Soccer Detail die from Rich Black Soft Finish Cardstock which has Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape on the back.
    • Assemble Soccer Balls as per photo above and cut of the charm hanger from each of the white circles. 
    • Place foam tape to the back of each soccer ball and adhere to each of the squares on the top and bottom rows of the front of the card.
    4. Using the smallest circle from the Stitched Circles die set, die cut 3 circles from White Soft Finish Cardstock.
    • Place a piece of Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape to the back of a scrap of Rich Black Soft Finish Cardstock.
    • Using the Alphabet 1 - Caps die set die cut the letters: D A D
    • Adhere each letter to one of the small stitched circles and attach to the centre row of squares on front of the card.



    5. The Inside of the card: 
    • Using the second smallest square from the Postage Stamp Squares die set, die cut 3 squares from Dusky Sky Soft Finish Cardstock and 2 squares from Bonnie Blue Soft Finish Cardstock.
    • Counting from the centre die, die cut the fifth square from the Postage Stamp Squares die set from Bonnie Blue Soft Finish Cardstock.
    • Counting from the centre die, die cut the third square from the Stitched Squares die set from White Soft Finish Cardstock.
    • Layer the white square to the larger postage stamp square. Using the "You're the Best" sentiment from the General Sentiments Clear Stamp set, stamp onto the centre of the white square using black ink.
    • Adhere the larger square to the upper left hand side of the card referring to card above for placement.
    • Referring to the photo above, place the remaining small squares along the bottom edge and the right side of the large square so that they are evenly spaced.
    6. Using the Sports Charms die set die cut the following:
    • (3) Circle Charms from White Soft Finish Cardstock
    • (3) Soccer Detail die from Rich Black Soft Finish Cardstock which has Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape on the back.
    • Assemble Soccer Balls as per photo above and cut of the charm hanger from each of the white circles. 
    • Adhere the Soccer Balls to the three light blue postage squares on card.
    Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed my tutorial.

    Supplies:

    Elizabeth Craft Designs:
    Postage Stamp Squares

    Other:
    Inks - Black
    Foam Tape
    Die Cutting Machine





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    Thursday, September 22, 2016

    Woof!


    Hi everyone,

    It's challenge time with my friends over on the CCEE Stampers challenge blog. Our challenge hostess Lois continues to issue the challenges.

    This week Lois has us "Following a List" - Include on your card one (1) animal; two (2) layers; and three (3) colors (plus neutrals black, white, gray if you wish) 


    For my card this week I created a Pull Card using the Rectangle Pull Card die set designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs.

    For my (1) animal I used one of the dogs from the Crazy Dogs stamp set from Stampers Anonymous. 
    I used (2) layers ... the base card and the designer paper.
    My (3) colors are navy, light blue and orange.

    I tried to keep my card fairly simple, but it looked pretty boring so I had to add the dog food, lead and the speech bubble with the word "Woof" onto the card.



    When you "pull" the card open it reveals a birthday sentiment.

    Don't forget to check out the CCEE Stampers blog (goes live 12 AM EST) to see the rest of the creations the CCEE Stampers created this week. You can also see more details of their creations on their individual blogs:


    Stamps: Crazy Dogs - Stampers Anonymous; LJD Birthday Greetings - MFT Stamps
    Paper: White; Navy; Snake Skin DP - Bella Blvd
    Dies: Rectangle Pull Card - designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs; Speech Bubble Edgy Options; Alphabet & More 2 Lower Case - Elizabeth Craft Designs
    Other: Black Ink; Mini Action Wobble; Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape - ECD;  Foam Tape; Copics




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    Wednesday, September 21, 2016

    Warm Thoughts



    Hi everyone,

    Today I have been playing with a few of the newer Elizabeth Craft Designs dies which have been released over the past month or so. 

    I wanted to use the Winter Sweater die to create an owl sweater ... now that is my type of sweater (or jumper as we Aussies would call it).

    I die cut the sweater from Pink Felt that had Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape on the back and then adhered it to another sweater created using cardstock to give it stability. I added the trim to the sweater which was die cut using a dark pink felt.

    The owl is a Peel Off Sticker from the Lots of Owls Peel Off Sticker set I attached the sticker to cardstock that had adhesive on the front and then covered the adhesive with Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter and colored with copic markers.

    For the background of my card I used the Circles Background and placed all the circles etc back into the background so I had a solid background. I layered this onto a pink card which had been die cut using the Dotted Scallop Rectangles die.

    For the sentiment I used the A Way with Words - Warm Thoughts.





    For the inside of my card I created my layers using the Stitched Rectangles die set and the Dotted Scallop Rectangles die set. I stamped the "Thinking of You" sentiment which is from the General Sentiments Clear Stamp set. I also added a few circles from the Circles Background die.



    Stamps: General Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - Elizabeth Craft Designs
    Paper: White; Pink; Dark Pink
    Dies: Winter Sweater; Circles Background; Dotted Scallop Rectangles; Stitched Rectangles; A Way with Words Warm Thoughts - Elizabeth Craft Designs
    Other ECD Products: Clear Double Sided Tape; Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter; Lots of Owls Peel Off Stickers (Black)
    Other: Black Ink; Foam Tape; Pink Felt; Dark Pink Felt; Copics


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    Tuesday, September 20, 2016

    Let It Snow!



    Hi everyone,

    A few weeks ago I had to order a new Christmas stamp set from Stampendous called Winter Friends ... why???? Because the set contained a cute owl in it in a similar style to the snowman on this card. The bonus was that besides the owl, there was a snowman and penguin plus lots other fun things that these characters could hold or use to decorate the card. 

    I have yet to create a card using the owl or penguin, but I have them all stamped and ready to create whenever I get some more time to play with that set.



    For my card today I used the Spellbinders Happy Days die set to create the base of my card. I added the snow to the bottom edge of both pieces of designer paper for my snowman and trees to ground to.

    I decided to keep the colors of this card fairly pastel. I added snowflakes to each of the "steps" in the middle of the card which you can see in the photo at the top of this post.

    To finish the card off, I added Elizabeth Craft Designs A Way with Words - Let it Snow sentiment to the top right hand side of the card.


    And finally my card closed ready to be placed in an envelope.



    Stamps: Winter Friends - Stampendous
    Paper: White; Teal; Candy Cane Lane Jack Frost DP - Bo Bunny
    Dies: Happy Days - Spellbinders; A Way with Words Let It Snow; Snowflakes - Elizabeth Craft Designs
    Other: Black Ink; Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape 101mm - ECD; Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter - ECD; Silver/Gold Glitter Dots Peel Off Stickers - ECD;  Clear Wink of Stella Brush Pen; Foam Tape; Copics


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    Monday, September 19, 2016

    Let it Snow



    Hi everyone,

    I have been playing with a few new dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs to create my card today.

    For the background of my card I used the small circle die from the new Entwined Circles using an Inlaid Diecutting Technique that Jennifer McGuire shared recently on a video. You can see her tutorial here.  Els from Elizabeth Craft Designs shared a similar video back in April but with hers she added Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape on the top of the top card and then added Silk Microfine Glitter to the adhesive after die cutting. You can see her video using this technique here.

    I then used the small oval from the Entwined Ovals die set to highlight my sentiment A Way with Words - Let it Snow.

    I die cut 5 snowflakes which are also included in the Entwined Circles die set. I added Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape to the front of my white card and then covered the adhesive with Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter. I added Silver/Gold Glitter Dots Peel Off Stickers to the centre of each snowflake and then also added the Glitter Dots wherever there was a "bead" on the entwined circles and oval.



    For the inside of my card I added one of the borders from the Holiday Garlands 2 die set. I die cut the border from Silver cardstock and then added more of the Silver/Gold Glitter Dots Peel Off Stickers to the snowflake part of the border.

    I then added the sentiment from the Winter Sentiments Clear Stamp set using black ink.


    Stamps: Winter Sentiments - Elizabeth Craft Designs
    Paper: White; Blue; Silver
    Dies: Entwined Ovals; Entwined Circles; Holiday Garlands 2; A Way with Words Let It Snow -  Elizabeth Craft Designs
    Other ECD Products: Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape 64mm; Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter; Silver/Gold Glitter Dots Peel Off Stickers
    Other: Black Ink; Foam Tape



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    Sunday, September 18, 2016

    Christmas Greetings



    Hi everyone,

    Christmas is just over three months away, so I have created another Christmas card for my stash.




    As you can see I have created a Pop Up Card using the Merry Christmas Pop Up Card die set designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs.

    I added one of the new Speech Bubble Edgy Options along the top of my card, die cutting it twice in designer paper and green and then layering them together. I added a Christmas sentiment from the Winter Sentiments Clear Stamp set.

    Along the bottom edge of the card I added one of the new borders from the Holiday Garland 1 die set. I added Red/Gold Glitter Dots Peel Off Stickers to the dots on the garland. 


    Here is another view of my card taken at an angle so you can see the pop up part of the card a little easier.

    For the front of the card I used the Stitched Rectangles and Dotted Scallop Rectangles to layer onto the red card.

    To the bottom right hand side of the card I added the Christmas Pudding. I used Silk Microfine Glitter to decorate the berries, holly and gold trim of the cake stand.

    I used the Speech Bubble Edgy Options die for the speech bubble at the top of the card and added another sentiment from the Winter Sentiments Clear Stamp set.


    Stamps: Winter Sentiments - Elizabeth Craft Designs
    Paper: White Soft Finish Cardstock - ECD; Red; Green; Retro Christmas DP - Authentique
    Dies: Merry Christmas Pop Up Card - designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs; Christmas Pudding; Speech Bubble Edgy Options; Stitched Rectangles; Dotted Scallop Rectangles; Holiday Garlands 1; Fitted Ovals - Elizabeth Craft Designs
    Other ECD Products: Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape; Bright Cranberry Silk Microfine Glitter; Go To Green Silk Microfine Glitter; Light Gold Silk Microfine Glitter
    Other: Black Ink; Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink; Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink; Foam Tape



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    Saturday, September 17, 2016

    Dog-Gone Happy Birthday


    Hi everyone,

    It’s challenge time with the “Crazies” over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog. Raquel Mason our challenge hostess for the month continues to issue the challenges.

    Being the third Saturday in the month it is time for a sketch challenge.





    For my card today I wanted to play with a few new toys! The background of this card is done using the new Circles Background from Elizabeth Craft Designs, which was layered onto the Dotted Scallop Rectangles. I had die cut the Circles background so that it had Clear Double Sided Adhesive on the back, so I used some of the circles that came out of the background and covered them with Faded Denim Silk Microfine Glitter and adhered them back into the background. I also added the four corners back into the background too.

    I decorated the card using one of the dogs from the Stampers Anonymous Crazy Dogs stamp set.


    For the inside of my card I used the Lorna Labels Pop Up Card die set designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs.

    I used the Circles Background again, cutting it in half and used the same technique as the front and attaching it to both the top and bottom edges of my card.




    Here is a side view of my card, so you can see the pop up portion of the card a little easier.

    Don't forget to check out the rest of the “Crazies” cards over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog and also their individual blogs for more details.
    Fran Sabad (September Guest Designer)

    Stamps: Crazy Dogs - Stampers Anonymous; Dog-gone Birthday - Penny Black; You're How Old? - Stamp It (Aust)
    Paper: White; Pale Blue; Mid Blue; Dark Blue
    Dies: Lorna Label Pop Up Card - designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs; Circle Background; Dotted Scallop Rectangles; Stitched Circles - Elizabeth Craft Designs; Fishtail Flags Stax 1 & 2 - MFT StampsF
    Other ECD Products: Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape; Faded Denim Silk Microfine Glitter
    Other: Black Ink; Foam Tape; Copics



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    Friday, September 16, 2016

    Mr & Mrs


    Hi everyone,

    Today I am sharing some more of the new dies which have either just recently been released or are going to be release by Elizabeth Craft Designs.

    I am again playing with the Hearts Background and Postage Stamp Rectangles which I also used on the card I posted yesterday, scroll down to the next post if you missed it.

    This time round I die cut the Hearts Background using Ladybug Red Soft Finish Cardstock and attached it to the Postage Stamp Rectangle die that had Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape on the front. Then I covered the remaining adhesive with Light Gold Silk Microfine Glitter.

    I used one of the Stitched Circles which I cut off a portion at the side to layer the A Way with Words Mr and Mrs and the "&" from the Calligraphic Elements 2 die sets.



    For the inside of the card I layered one of the Stitched Rectangles in white to a piece of gold card die cut using the Postage Stamp Rectangles. I then added the A Way with Words "Forever" and the heart from the Calligraphic Elements 2 die set. These have again be covered using Light Gold Silk Microfine Glitter.


    Paper: White Soft Finish Cardstock; Ladybug Red Soft Finish Cardstock - Elizabeth Craft Designs
    Dies: Heart Background; Postal Stamp Rectangles; Stitched Rectangles; Stitched Circles; A Way with Words Mr and Mrs; A Way with Words Calligraphic Elements 2; A Way with Words Forever - Elizabeth Craft Designs
    Other ECD Products: Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet; Soft Gold  Silk Microfine Glitter





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    Thursday, September 15, 2016

    Always

    Hi everyone,

    It's challenge time with my friends over on the CCEE Stampers challenge blog. Our challenge hostess Lois continues to issue the challenges.

    For our challenge this week Lois has asked us to make a card with no stamping just die cuts. 



    Once upon a time this type of challenge may have scared me, but these days I seem to make a fair number of cards with little or no stamping on them ... maybe just a sentiment.

    As I had just received Els new dies that are being released this month by Elizabeth Craft Designs and I got my new A Way with Words dies, I decided to create a Wedding card this week. This is a fairly tall card.

    The background used on this is the new Hearts Background which I die cut using White Soft Finish Cardstock and then layered to the largest rectangle from the Postage Stamp Rectangles which had be covered with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape on the front. I attached the Hearts Background to the front of the Postage Stamp Rectangle and then covered the remaining adhesive with Bright Cranberry Silk Microfine Glitter.

    Along the bottom of the card I added the rings from the Pop It Ups Wedding Charms die set and the A Way with Words Always. The rings were die cut using Gold Metallic Shimmer Sheetz and the diamond uses Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter. Always again uses the Bright Cranberry Silk Microfine Glitter.



    I decided to have a pop up on the inside using the Pop It Ups Anita Frames die set. I also used a few more of the new A Way with Words sentiments using Bright Cranberry & Light Gold Silk Microfine Glitter for the sentiments.

    Along the edges of the card I added some Gold/Silver Glitter Border Peel Off Stickers. And on the frame I added Gold/Silver Glitter Dots Peel Off Stickers.


    Don't forget to check out the CCEE Stampers blog (goes live 12 AM EST) to see the rest of the creations the CCEE Stampers created this week. You can also see more details of their creations on their individual blogs:




    Paper: White Soft Finish Cardstock - Elizabeth Craft Designs
    Dies: Anita Frames Pop Up; Wedding Charms- designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs; Heart Background; Postal Stamp Rectangles; A Way with Words Always; A Way with Words Mr and Mrs; A Way with Words Cherish; A Way with Words Forever; A Way with Words Calligraphic Elements 2   - Elizabeth Craft Designs
    Other ECD Products: Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape; Bright Cranberry Silk Microfine Glitter; Light Gold Silk Microfine Glitter; Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter; Gold Metallic Shimmer Sheetz; Silver/Gold Glitter Border Peel Off Stickers; Silver/Gold Glitter Dots Peel Off Stickers


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